2020-11-20 00:58:03 –
Barron, Wisconsin — A 60-year-old Minnesota woman and a 26-year-old son were arrested Thursday for murdering a woman’s husband in 2014. His body was in Barron County, western Wisconsin in 2017.
New Prague’s Connie Lou Herbst and her son, Elco New Market’s Austin James Herbst, were arrested on charges of a second murder on the death of New Prague’s 63-year-old Gary Herbst. They were successfully detained and put in jail in Scott County, Minnesota.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the body was found in December 2017 in a forest area about two miles south of Barron, the town of Maple Grove. The deceased man had been shot in the head. However, authorities were unable to identify the man until the DNA Doe project began working on the case in February. In June, the group identified him as Herbst and was reported missing in 2014.
“These arrests in this cold case were the result of teamwork from tremendous agencies across state boundaries,” Scott County Sheriff Luke Henen said in a press release.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Gary and Connie Lou Herbst were still married when they went missing. Fitzgerald praised the staff for their ongoing work to resolve the cold case.
“The dedication our department had to end this case is what we do every day,” Fitzgerald said Thursday. “I’m proud of our team. It was an incredible task to resolve this case. It was a great team effort.”
The DNA Doe project has identified two separate cases in Barron County this year. Fitzgerald praised the nonprofit organization for the proceedings.
“Even without the DNADoe project, the bones are still in the evidence room,” he said.
Fitzgerald said they were “100 percent certain” based on the survey. Gary Herbst was killed in Minnesota. That is why the suspect is detained in the state. It is unknown why and when the body was transferred to Barron County. There is no evidence that the Barron County Sheriff’s Office has come into contact with Herbst.
“I believe it’s random. I don’t think it has any ties to Barron County,” Fitzgerald said. “I think they were going through the area on their way to another place.”
In January, genealogists resolved a 40-year-old cold case when identifying the body of a Minnesota man in a private forest on Lake Rice on September 21, 1982. DNA showed that the person was 21 years old-White Bear Lake’s 1-year-old Craig King. In 1982, Logger found a pile of clothing about 100 yards from the tree limit near Highway 25, about four miles north of Ridgeland. The case has been in their evidence room since 1982.
The DNA Doe project was able to examine the DNA lineage of an unidentified person and trace it back to his family.
According to the DNA Doe Project website, the organization “uses genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does. We have become a reliable organization for law enforcement agencies and coroners across the country, and they We help solve the most unruly cases. Even with highly degraded or low doses of DNA, we have had amazing success. “
For more information, please visit dnadoeproject.org.
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